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Tennessee schools need to teach geography better

Tennessee schools need to teach geography better | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Geography is a discipline that has students examine the world from cultural, physical, economic, and political standpoints, but you wouldn’t know that in many Tennessee schools.

During their middle and high school years, Tennessee’s students will take five required history courses and no required geography courses. The courses they do take have names that begin with “History and Geography”, but if one examines the full titles and the content of the courses, it is blatantly obvious that these are history courses.

This is the case for the current Social Studies standards and those that are proposed to soon replace the current standards. Some argue that geography can be adequately taught in such hybrid courses, but that is not the way it is taught in any college or university in the state.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 6, 11:36 AM

Preach on Kurt, preach on.  And clearly, it's not just Tennessee that needs this message. 

 

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Ivan Ius's curator insight, March 26, 4:05 PM
Geographic Thinking Concepts: Geographic Perspective - A Sense of Place! 
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The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking

The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These board games incorporate math in unique and fun ways!
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8 Teaching Habits that Block Productive Struggle in Math Students

8 Teaching Habits that Block Productive Struggle in Math Students | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Which common teaching methods might be hindering student motivation to go deeper in learning? Plus, a downloadable poster of what to do instead.


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7 ways data collection is improving STEM education

7 ways data collection is improving STEM education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
One district is getting students more active and analytical with data-collection tools, like probeware


Today’s students, being technology natives, expect the same kinds of engagement in the classroom as they seek out online. STEM classes in particular have a natural potential to be both tech-rich and inquiry-based, especially hands-on lab activities. The recent addition of probeware—sensory-based handheld devices for measuring things like water quality, light, and temperature—has allowed us to bring students out into nature and introduce them to the world of data collection and analysis. Here are 7 ways technology is enhancing and expanding STEM education in our school district.


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Most 8th Graders Are Not Proficient in Geography

Most 8th Graders Are Not Proficient in Geography | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
About three-quarters of eighth grade students—the only grade for which trend data are available—were not “proficient” in geography in 2014, according to GAO's analysis of nationally representative data from the Department of Education (Education). Specifically, these students had not demonstrated solid competence in the subject, and the proficiency levels of eighth grade students have shown no improvement since 1994 (see figure). Geography is generally taught as part of social studies, but data show that more than half of eighth grade teachers reported spending a small portion (10 percent or less) of their social studies instruction time on geography. Further, according to a study by an academic organization, a majority of states do not require geography courses in middle school or high school.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2015 12:59 PM

A basic understanding of geography is a prerequisite for any informed citizen, and globalization means that is even more important than ever.  This report is not a 'pick-me-up' but a sobering reminder of the task that lays before us.  There has been some improvement, but so much more is needed.   


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Vermont Social Studies's curator insight, October 19, 2015 9:07 AM

Geography is a critically important discipline, and combines science, technology, economics, cultural understanding, and current events. How much geography is taught in your K-12 curriculum?

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, November 9, 2015 3:44 PM

It is disappointing to hear that the average students understanding of Geography is declining, especially as interaction between nations becomes more and more common in a multitude of careers. Knowledge of something as simple and necessary as where in the world different countries are or if Africa is a country  or a continent is not only necessary for a fully rounded education, it is vital for anyone who wishes to be considered well versed in their knowledge of the world.

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Smithsonian Education - Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources

Smithsonian Education - Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Educational information, activities and resources for educators, families, and students. Educational materials emphasize inquiry based learning with primary sources and museum collections. Smithsonian visit planning for educators, students and families.
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Resources for your study of Hispanic Heritage.

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How learning to love geography can help make the world a better place

How learning to love geography can help make the world a better place | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"It’s a good time to reflect on what truly inspires us. What gives us, as individuals, our own sense of independence? And how can we apply that sense of joyful independence to help us engage more actively and participate more readily in the world—to make it a better place, even? Cultivating a better geographical and cultural appreciation for the world, in the next generation as well as in our own, is a pretty good place to start."

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, perspective, worldwide.


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Kenneth Peterson's curator insight, July 19, 2015 12:59 PM

Montessori shines once again!

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The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Something experts in all fields tend to do when they’re practicing is to operate outside of their comfort zone and study themselves failing. The best figure skaters in the world spend more of their practice time practicing jumps that they don’t land than lesser figure skaters do. The same is true of musicians. When most musicians sit down to practice, they play the parts of pieces that they’re good at. Of course they do: it’s fun to succeed. But expert musicians tend to focus on the parts that are hard, the parts they haven’t yet mastered. The way to get better at a skill is to force yourself to practice just beyond your limits.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 20, 2014 8:04 PM

This is growth mindset. Failure as iteration. Wonderful!

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:55 AM

El secreto es practicar hasta superar los propios limites, auto impuestos  muy frecuentemente.

Audrey's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:13 PM

Sounds like good advice.  Effective tutors always push learners.  

Audrey curating for http:/www./homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

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Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:40 PM

EdTech is about education: student learning and outcomes. 

Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, August 18, 2014 8:33 PM

Primero la pedagogía, después la tecnología.

Stéphane Bataillard's curator insight, August 24, 2014 1:26 PM

A méditer...

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LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.8

LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.8 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Get your kids to design LEGO models

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:58 AM

Many of my students love this tool and it can be used for fine arts as well!  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 12:00 PM

Design and play all mixed in together to make learning fun and exciting!  Five stars for this design oriented game which your male students will love!

J Weidenbenner's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:05 AM

Legos for learning, anyone?

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University pushes arts in STEM curriculum

University pushes arts in STEM curriculum | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Brenee King's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:22 PM

Love this connection between art and STEM!

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Visual Thinking and Seeing Creatively [Infographic]

Visual Thinking and Seeing Creatively [Infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Aurion Learning's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:27 AM

Useful to keep in mind when designing learner-friendly e-learning material!

Deborah Chad's curator insight, August 31, 2013 6:02 PM

More inforgraphics and thinking again this is the way to present the FH journey from PD through implementation

Siri Anderson's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:25 AM

Regardless of discipline this process can help organize student consideration of what is and what can be!

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To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts | SmartPlanet

To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts | SmartPlanet | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

In the innovation field, a rebirth of Renaissance thinking is brewing. Scientists and engineers are engaging with the arts to think creatively.

 

The idea is also currently reflected in the debates on re-vamping the U.S. educational system to boost the innovation skills of U.S. students. Media artist John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has spoken at numerous events — including before Congress — about the value of incorporating the arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational initiatives, turning STEM to “STEAM,” as Maeda has said.

 


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Jean-Loup Castaigne's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:32 AM

To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts

davidconover's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:20 AM

The Arts is the mixing bowl for science, technology, engineering and math.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 6, 2013 8:20 PM

Some disciplines have evolved to their own death. Engineering has evolved logically, but not necessarily culturally,” Silver of Intel and Makey Makey, who was trained as an electrical engineer, told me at PopTech. “Creativity isn’t part of that any more. So we look to where it is; we’re desperate for it. We look to art. And it’s wonderful, because it’s there.”

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The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian's? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi? Can one patent a human gene?

Scientists are already struggling with such dilemmas. As we enter the new machine age, we need a new set of codified morals to become the global norm. We should put as much emphasis on ethics as we put on fashionable terms like disruption.

This is starting to happen. Last year, America's Carnegie Mellon University announced a new centre studying the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; under President Obama, the White House published a paper on the same topic; and tech giants including Facebook and Google have announced a partnership to draw up an ethical framework for AI. Both the risks and the opportunities are vast: Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other experts signed an open letter calling for efforts to ensure AI is beneficial to society:

"The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 13, 4:12 PM
Ethics are lived out in the real world, rather than as abstract propositions. Kwame Appiah has written about ethics and legal moralism.
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6 Steps for Visual Problem-Based Learning

6 Steps for Visual Problem-Based Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Students can solve mathematical problems even before they learn the math. Check out this case study.
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Why should we teach geography?

Why should we teach geography? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"One reason why geography has languished in the curricula of many American schools is that so few people understand the nature of the discipline or its relevance to our everyday lives. What is geography? What is its unique perspective? What do geographers do? Why is geography important? Why should we teach (and learn) geography in the schools? These are questions that have gone largely unanswered in American education. This brief essay presents an easily taught, understood, and remembered definition of geography."


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Jacob Clauson's curator insight, March 3, 2016 8:30 AM

Why does geography education matter? This poster nicely summarizes the classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for high school and college student to read since it is very accessible.


Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, March 8, 2016 11:43 PM

Why does geography education matter? This poster nicely summarizes the classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for high school and college student to read since it is very accessible.


Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Katerina Stojanovski's curator insight, March 10, 2016 6:09 AM

Why does geography education matter? This poster nicely summarizes the classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for high school and college student to read since it is very accessible.

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Raster vs. Vector

Raster vs. Vector | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"For all you fellow GIS geeks, this is for you!  I drew this comic sketch a few years ago after a student told me that they were confused for an entire lecture because they swore the professor was talking about 'raptors' and they weren’t sure what dinosaurs had to do with GIS."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 8, 2015 10:39 AM

What you think you are teaching isn't always what they are learning. 

 

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Why everyone should take a geography class, especially now

Why everyone should take a geography class, especially now | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Geographical literacy remains vital—particularly for those of us who live in (for the time being at least) the world’s preeminent military and economic superpower. Geography is necessary for understanding why the overthrow of a government in Libya contributed to an unprecedented surge of migrants into Europe, why Ukraine has been split between East and West amid its conflict with Russia, and why China’s neighbors are alarmed at the new islands under construction in the South China Sea. And as we learned during last year’s Ebola panic, an understanding of African geography could have helped explain why an outbreak in West Africa should not lead to the quarantining of people from Kenya or Tanzania. In the years to come, as the effects of climate change on everything from sea level rise to deforestation to drought quite literally reshape the world we live in, an understanding of geography will be necessary for mitigating and adapting to the consequences.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 18, 2015 11:52 AM

A basic understanding of geography is a prerequisite for any informed citizen, and globalization means that is even more important than ever.  

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, October 7, 2015 7:39 AM

Geographical literacy

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Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care?

Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
One reason why geography has languished in the curricula of many American schools is that so few people understand the nature of the discipline or its relevance to our everyday lives. What is geography? What is its unique perspective? What do geographers do? Why is geography important? Why should we teach (and learn) geography in the schools? These are questions that have gone largely unanswered in American education. This brief essay presents an easily taught, understood, and remembered definition of geography.

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This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

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Yolanta Krawiecki's curator insight, August 7, 2015 5:29 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jade ten Kate's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:01 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, August 8, 2015 12:14 AM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.


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Internet of Things: Governments start to take a closer look | CyberSecurity

Internet of Things: Governments start to take a closer look | CyberSecurity | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Ofcom and the FTC are the latest government agencies to start work on their strategies for, and responses to, the IoT.

 

 

 

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=wearables

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Internet+of+Things

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=Internet+of+things

 

http://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/why-is-it-a-must-to-have-basics-knowledge-of-cyber-security-in-a-connected-technology-world/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=Quantum

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=cyberwar

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=NSA

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=TAO

 


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Excellent Ecology and Environmental Science Apps, Games, and Sites

Excellent Ecology and Environmental Science Apps, Games, and Sites | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Great options for all ages that'll help students understand and empathize with the interconnectedness of Earth and it's varied environments.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 8, 2014 5:14 PM

Great options for all ages that'll help students understand and empathize with the interconnectedness of Earth and it's varied environments.


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A Brief History of EdTech (Infographic)

A Brief History of EdTech (Infographic) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
For the first time in our history, we see personalization of learning for each individual student as a reality. With new technologies growing at a breakneck pace, we’re excited to work with our schools to see what this decade will become.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 30, 2014 10:12 PM

This infographic looks at both technology and education over the last four decades. Are there connections between these two themes? Take a look and see what was going on in the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's and today. This infographic provides geat depth in these two areas, noting that the:

* 1980's was the Age of Processing, the beginning of the Digital Age and a time when tech was a peripheral tool.

* 1990's was Hardware 2.0, the World Wide Web came into being and a time when tech begins to supplement.

* 2000's was the move to connectivity, to an age of sharing and portable devices and technology supplements instruction.

* Today - Perhaps this is yet to be written but a few years in we see multifunctional devices, personalization and technology as an integrated tool.

What would your students think of this chart? What conversation might arise in faculty meeting or with sharing this with the PTO or other stakeholders in your community? It does provide food for thought.

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, January 31, 2014 2:28 AM

how good to see it like this

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Women workers lag in STEM | STEMwire

Women workers lag in STEM | STEMwire | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Paul Pineiro's curator insight, March 28, 2013 10:35 AM

March is Women's History Month. STEMwire looks at 40-years of STEM-occupation data relative to women.

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The Power of the Educational Infographic

The Power of the Educational Infographic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:48 PM

Have you had people ask you why you choose to use infographics in your classroom? This presentation is by Mia MacMeekin, who has created many great infographics (some of which have been posted on this Sccop.it). The best way to access this is in PDF format. This file is quite large so here is a direct link to it: http://anethicalisland.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rscon-presentation-22.pdf

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50 Awesome Facts About Earth To Share With Your Class [Infographic]

50 Awesome Facts About Earth To Share With Your Class [Infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
I bet you don't know the vast majority of these facts about Earth. I sure didn't and thought I was on my game. Guess not!

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Diana Turner's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:57 PM

Geography factoids to stimulate academic reading and conversation in an intermediate ESL class.

Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:13 PM

I like how the information in this infographic is broken up into parts Space, Atmosphere, Sea, underearth and ground. It has lots of statistics that are backed up by sources.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 19, 2013 4:13 PM

Love this! I will share this one with my class